August 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming back staff and pupils to school on Monday 7th September.

You can find lots of information on how the school will ensure the safety of it’s pupils, staff and community on our Frequently Asked Questions page or by this link. You will also find a copy of the PowerPoint presentation given to parents in July on the plans and procedures in place to support a full return in September.

You can also find a link to exemption cards for your child when they are out and about. These explain the exemption from wearing a face mask in public click on this link to download your copy Face-Covering-Exemption-Cards

If you have a safeguarding concern please email Nadine Huseyin our Designated safeguarding Lead on nadine.huseyin@thegroveschool.co.uk

Update Spring Holidays 6th April – 17th April

We will be offering additional support for some of our Free School Meals families through providing e-vouchers which can be used in a variety of supermarkets. These are challenging times so everything we can do to support our families, we are doing. Please look in your email inbox as these should be arriving shortly.

We will be contacting our most vulnerable families and those who are key workers over the holiday period to ascertain demand for placed from 20th April. In the meantime, you can email the school office if you have any concerns.

Don’t forget we have our home learning page which can you can to supplement the work that is sent to you by teachers. There are some good guides and websites that your children can access, particularly over the holiday period.

Stay safe, Stay well, Stay at home.

Update 31st March

School remains closed until further notice. We are keeping in regular contact with all our families to ensure everyone is safe. Teachers are in daily communication with families and sending work home through the different school platforms. Some families have received packs of work and we will endeavour to provide these from home for you.

Please look at the Home Learning Tab on the website as this has lots of links to activities and resources you can use if you need ideas. Click here to go straight to this tab. 

After receiving feedback from parents and carers, we have no plans to open the school over the Easter as there is no demand. If this changes and you do require an emergency place for your child because they fall under the category of  a) vulnerable and at risk  or  b) child of a key worker with no provision at home,  then there will be some hub places available within the LA. Please contact Ms Huseyin and she will talk this through with you.

We are continuing to provide supermarket vouchers for families to support those that qualify for free school meals. The next set will be in the form of an ‘e-voucher’ which will be sent directly through to your email address that the school has on record.

Update 24th March

School Closure

It is with great regret The Grove has been forced to close the school until further notice. 

We will be in regular contact with families around activities and support you can provide your child during this time. Some will be directed to our online learning platforms and setting work to complete at home where this is appropriate.

We have issued parents and carers with advice on how to keep their children safe and well in this difficult time.  We will be updating parents and carers via text and will reopen as soon as we possibly can.  

For any enquiries, please continue to use the school email at office@thegroveschool.co.uk or for urgent matters contact our DSL, Ms Huseyin.

We wish you all well during these very challenging times.

Best wishes,

Lucia Santi

Headteacher

Update 23rd March

There has been new guidance issued by the Government last night regarding school temporary closure.

We have been asked to run a risk assessment of our children of key workers and our vulnerable children, this includes those with EHCPs. This is to ascertain if attending school is safer than remaining at home and minimizing the spread of the virus. 

You can read more on the most current guidance here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures/guidance-for-schools-about-temporarily-closing

We have once again been asked to make some tough decisions. As a result it is with deep regret that we have reduced the school offer to those pupils who are most in need. This will start from Tuesday 24th March. We will contact each family to let them know of the changes. 

We can only apologise for the ever changing decisions but these uncertain times are demanding we must react quickly to new information. 

Please continue to keep in contact with the school via the website page LATEST NEWS or via our social media platforms. Alternatively you can  continue to call the school office on 020 3876 6555.

Teachers are putting together work packs and also maintaining contact with families via email to provide remote learning and support.  Ms Nadine Huseyin will be available to support families during this time.

If your child is NOT at school they MUST be kept at home; they are not to be out in the community. This is vital to ensure the minimisation of the virus being spread. Please make sure you enforce this at home. 

Update 20th March

The government has asked schools to stay open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Key workers are defined as those working in:

  • · Health and social care
  • · Education and childcare
  • · Key public service
  • · Local and national government
  • · Foods and other necessary goods
  • · Public safety and national security
  • · Transport
  • · Utilities, communication and financial services

Vulnerable children include children with Education, Health Care Plans and those that have a social worker. 

We have had to make some really difficult decisions about how to run the school safely from Monday 23rd March. It is with deep regret that we have to part close the school. 

We will be offering 20 school places to those pupils who are our most vulnerable. Most of these pupils already receive intervention support from our pastoral team. School transport should be running as usual for these pupils. 

If families who have been offered one of these places choose not to take this up we will contact other families to offer out the remaining places. 

Whilst we are trying to provide a structured routine for pupils next week, they will be grouped into different classes and be working with different staff. The timetable offered will be more inline with a creative and life skills offer rather than the usual structure of a typical school day. 

In addition to running a limited provision, teaching staff will be keeping in touch with families on a regular basis and be sending home learning resources as appropriate.  

I am asking all families to please stay in touch so we can share information with you on a weekly basis as to what is happening. Please look out for text messages and check our latest news section on the website or our Facebook and Twitter platforms. At the moment there is quick change and we are doing our best to respond to this. 

I send you our very best wishes during these uncertain and unprecedented times. 

Lucia Santi 

Update 17th March

Last week we wrote to parents explaining the plans we have in place to slow down spread of COVID19. We continue to follow the advice from Public Health England and the Government.

We have

  • Increased vigilance and guidance for staff regarding hand washing and sanitizing including posters in wash areas
  • Updating parents via the website and text messages – this is ongoing
  • Additional cleaning in school, including deeper cleans of surfaces
  • Reducing visitors and implementing checks for visiting staff regarding their vigilance to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Regular updates to staff through briefings, bulletins and the website
  • Extra support for all pupils in carrying out hygiene routines at school, increased hand washing throughout the day
  • Discussions about how to prevent the spread of the virus with pupils where appropriate
  • Discussions with SLT around a contingency plan in case the government decides to close schools
  • Working to ensure there is provision in place to support the most vulnerable pupils and their families
  • Ensuring teachers are well prepared and equipped to support families with home learning in case of school closure.

Families can help us by doing the following:

  • Follow Government guidance on self-isolation.
  •  If your child has a high temperature or new, persistent cough, then the Government recommendation is that they should be isolated for 14 days and they SHOULD NOT attend school.
  • If anyone in your family home is displaying these symptoms, your child should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day the person at home started to display symptoms (even if they have no symptoms themselves).

    Main messages from the Government’s Stay at Home Guidance

    Click here to read more  

    • if  you or one of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
    • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
    • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
    • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
    • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
      • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
      • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
      • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
    • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
    • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
    • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
    • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Update: Monday 9th March 2020:

We are aware that there are growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus.  The school is being briefed daily by Public Health England and we are responding accordingly.  We will continue to update our website with any new current advice and significant updates will be communicated via text.  Thank you Lucia Santi

Advice on the Coronavirus

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